New Year’s resolution: Shape up your skin & make over your makeup
Joining a gym or being kinder to others are fairly traditional New Year’s resolutions. We suggest adding a new one to the list: Get your skin in shape, and update your makeup.
The very thought of this puts many women in a panic: Will it cost a fortune? Even the simple act of finding a foundation to match their skin tone may sound like a daunting task, as it often seems as if that perfect pigment is elusive.
So we asked Michael Moore, a Denver-based beauty expert to the stars, for his advice on which beauty products to spend a little extra on, and when you can be thrifty. It came as no surprise that foundation topped the list of “spend more” items.
Moore, who is preparing to launch an Internet-based company called Moore For Life, says it’s worth finding a place that will custom-blend a foundation for your skin.
“Once you get that correct, even something like an inexpensive lipstick or blush will look better,” says Moore, whose company, which will launch in May, will help women look their best.
When it comes to anti-aging products, there’s plenty of debate about whether those pricy products are better. Paula Begoun, beauty expert and author of Don’t Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me, suggests ignoring some of the more expensive products on the market. She’s a fan of Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum, which runs under $30 at most drug stores.
But Moore says pricier products often have much more of the ingredients that will help your skin. He’s a fan of Sanitas products, as well as Lira Clinical skincare products. Ulta and Sephora also have a great selection, he notes. Yes, they cost more, but for women over 40, it’s worth it to have younger-looking skin.
But give your wallet a break when it comes to a few products, Moore says.
“Never spend money on mascara,” he says. “Maybelline has the number one mascara in the world. Most of these mascaras have similar packaging and brushes. The one-coat mascara is amazing.”
Lipsticks and blushes are a little trickier to judge, he notes. A more expensive blush, say by Bobbi Brown, is likely to have pigments more true to the color of your skin-tone, but if you can find an inexpensive product that works, all the better.
When it comes to lipsticks, it’s all about the color.
“Lipsticks are like water bottles,” he says with a laugh. “Don’t you have them everywhere? You might want something more colorful for a cocktail reception, or a moisturizing one when your lips are dry.”
Splurge, if you want, on lipstick, but Moore tells his clients to never, ever spend money on lip liner. His favorite lip liner, he notes, costs about $1.
“It’s Wet N Wild’s lip liner, number 666,” he shares. “It works on everyone.”
Moore’s final piece of advice is to invest in a Clarisonic facial cleansing brush, which you can find at most any price range.
“It makes all cleansers work better, even the one you did not spend a lot of money on,” he says.
And starting with healthy skin is the best way to start off the New Year.
For more information on Moore and his upcoming company, email [email protected]